THE UPSTREAM END OF THE ILE SEGUIN WILL BE CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC
In a press conference on Monday January 30, 2017, Pierre Christophe Baguet, Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt and President of Grand Paris Seine Ouest, and Laurent Dumas, President of the Emerige Group, presented the large cultural and artistic hub to be built on the upstream end of the Ile Seguin by 2021.
The project, located on the northern end of the Ile Seguin and financed by Emerige and its associate AOG, comprises a pluri-disciplinary arts center and a multiplex cinema, as well as a concept hotel with a focus on contemporary art.
The cultural emphasis reaffirms Pierre-Christophe Baguet’s ambition to turn the island, which has important historical and heritage value, into the cultural heart of the Grand Paris. This is also in line with the cultural patronage policy of the Emerige Endowment Fund, which aims to support the arts and make them accessible to the broadest possible public.
S17: A NEW CULTURAL AMBITION AND A BRIDGE ACROSS THE TWO BANKS
Designed by RCR Arquitectes – the Catalan trio behind the Musée Soulages in Rodez – and Calq, the cultural and artistic hub will be dominated by a complementary architectural feature which, much like a lighthouse, will be visible from afar to locals and residents of Ile-de-France as well as tourists from all over the world. It will include an arts center and a multiplex with 8 theaters, accessible via an arcade overlooking the Seine.
Direction of the cultural and artistic program will be entrusted to Jérôme Sans, whose pluridisciplinary approach will foster new conversations between all fields of contemporary artistic practice.
Alongside the collection of Laurent Dumas – another indication of his strong commitment to the arts – various emblematic and historic collections and foundations will be invited to fill the exhibition spaces, including the Renault art collection, which will be presented in the new site’s first exhibition. Other cultural institutions close to Emerige are developing collaborative projects, including the Fondation Giacometti and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. In addition, an ambitious artistic and cultural program aimed at young people will be developed, echoing Emerige’s active policy to bring culture closer to all kinds of audiences.
Further proof of this is the fact that, in due course, the hub will become the new home of Gérard Garouste’s La Source, extending the Emerige Group’s support to this association.
Additional functions will be designed to further nourish the urban life of this new complex and contribute to this breeding ground of culture. Local and Ile-de-France residents or international visitors will be able to stroll around the planned spaces: a bookshop, restaurants, cafes, but also art galleries, showrooms, and exhibition spaces open to the public thanks to the efforts of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art.
S18: THE HÔTEL DE LA CRÉATION DESIGNED BY BAUMSCHLAGER EBERLE WILL INAUGURATE EMERIGE’S NEW “1 CHAMBRE, 1 OEUVRE” INITIATIVE
On the northern tip of the island, the figurehead designed by Baumschlager Eberle – a 13,000 square meter concept hotel with a focus on contemporary art – will be a real extension of the artistic and cultural hub. The complex will include a bar and restaurant with breathtaking views over Paris, a swimming pool, and a spa. Each of the hotel’s 220 rooms will be home to the work of a contemporary French artist. This initiative, called “1 chambre, 1 oeuvre” (One Room, One Work of Art), is an offshoot of the “1 immeuble, 1 oeuvre” (One Building, One Work of Art) initiative co-founded by Emerige. It will give visibility to young French artists and contribute to supporting their work.
Overlooking the Seine Valley to the east, Boulogne to the north and the Meudon Hills to the south, with views of the Ile Saint-Germain, the strength of this development on the Ile Seguin lies in the combination of different points of view. This is why Emerige decided to call on different architects who combine experience and vision. The three agencies involved – RCR Arquitectes, Baumshlager Eberle, and Calq – will dialogue with each other and with the island’s landscape gardener, Michel Desvigne, who will be in charge of the 2,000-square-meter terrace, 18 meters above ground, as well as of the outdoor areas, including 700 square meters of green roofs.
“This site is a symbol. A symbol of change, of transition between past and future. This is undoubtedly why the Ile Seguin continues to generate such passion . . . Step by step, stone by stone, we are building the foundations of one of the biggest cultural hubs in Europe. This is a response to the evils burdening our time. Culture is the real catalyst that allows men to thrive.”
Pierre-Christophe Baguet, Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, President of Grand Paris Seine Ouest
“In sponsoring, developing, then undertaking an architectural project on this emblematic site, we must first of all respect the island’s landscape, features, and industrial legacy and integrate those into our plans. This is an opportunity for Emerige to show its strong commitment to sharing its passion for culture and the arts with the public.”
Laurent Dumas, President of the Emerige Group